Standoff (Impasse) (Bilingual)
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A troubled veteran (Thomas Jane) gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12 year-old girl from an assassin (Lawrence Fishburne) after she witnesses a murder.
Un ancien soldat en quête de rédemption prend sous son aile une jeune orpheline de 12 ans qui, après avoir été témoin d'un meurtre, est poursuivie par un tueur sadique.
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The music was great also. Both the background music and the song at the end.
Short and sweet too. I find most movies too long and slow, but this was tight as a drum. It kept me engaged and on the edge of my seat the whole time.
The three main actors were very strong. Laurence Fishburne like you've never seen him. Thomas Jane and the girl bring a tear to your eye.
I found the whole thing very moving and heartfelt, which surprised me for what I expected to be just a suspense thriller. But it was so much more.
While the film was well done for what it was, it was a standoff film which in itself projects boredom. Even the characters fell asleep during the film.
3 stars unless you are really into Mexican sweat.
Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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I think this movie was great.
The movie boils down to an injured Thomas Jane holding off the injured hitman Fishburne to protect the life of a young girl who has committed the unforgivable sin of being a witness to Fishburne's last murder. There is a lot of tension in this movie and both actors give strong and engaging performance. Fishburne in particular is fantastic as the very professional and very focused hitman playing a cat and mouse game with Jane.
Given the fact that Jane is bluffing during the entire movie with a single shotgun shell, this is not a movie with a lot of gunfire, although Fishburne does get off far more shots and litters the ground with five corpses. There is a torture scene that is gruesome. If you have an objection to strong depictions of violence, then give this movie a miss. If you are looking for action-packed heroics, give it a miss. If you want two strong performances of two strong men fighting a war of wills, then this is your movie.
Which is a good thing because if you think too much while watching this movie the plot holes start to become more apparent.
Not long after the movie starts we are introduced to Ella Ballentine's character Bird and her guardian Roger ( John Tench ).
They arrive at a cemetery where her parents are buried and there's a funeral at the cemetery, soon the funeral ends in bloodshed as Sade a Hitman played by Laurence Fishburne kills everyone there except Bird.
Sade saw Bird and a chase ensues, eventually leading them to Carter's ( Thomas Jane ) house, where the standoff between Thomas Jane and Laurence Fishburne's characters begins. Carter trying to protect Bird and Sade trying to kill her, both are wounded within the first moments the characters cross paths and then it's a slow and steady game of bluffing and waiting for the other to make a fatal mistake.
This pretty much setsup the foundation for what is about to happen next, some of which makes sense and some doesn't.
For instance a cop finds the vehicles of the people that died at the funeral and an unfinished grave, it's obvious that something is wrong.
He hears a gunshot from Carter's house but he doesn't report it, instead he goes lone wolf and heads to the house with no backup and doesn't even tell anyone where he's going, you can probably guess what happens next.
And why doesn't anybody respond after the cop goes missing?
In the last conversation between him and police HQ he acted very nervous, that plus the fact that he went missing for hours and never reported in, the police in the real world would have issued a manhunt for the whole area where he was last heard from, which is running distance from Carter's house.
Yet, for the whole rest of the movie no cops show up and it's up to our heroes to fend for themselves.
There's also these little distracting things like the fact that Carter who's supposed to be a ex marine or something like that stands right at the front of the staircase for about 70% of the movie where all Sade has to do is jump around the corner really quick and shoot him.
I know that Carter says to him that all he has to do is point this ( 20 gauge shot gun he's wielding ) towards you at this range and I'll blow your head off or something like that but is he really willing to take the chance of Sade popping out and shooting him anyway?
I never had any military training but I personally feel like I would find a better place to camp out than the front of the staircase, perhaps behind the staircase?
Anyway moving on.
We get good character development for the main characters but the supporting actors. . .well. . . there's really not much to say in this department, what little supporting actors there are don't get much screen time, much less development.
The acting by Thomas Jane and Laurence Fishburne is great, the two actors fill their roles really well and keep what could be a slow moving and ultimately boring movie interesting but the acting by Ella Ballentine is also great, I think if she sticks with it she'll become one of the better known actresses of the future.
The special effects are okay but there aren't many of them, the biggest effects are when Carter and Sade get shot at the beginning.
And most of the movie takes place in the house, only periodically taking place outside the house and at the cemetery.
I don't know what the budget was for this film but judging by the special effects and the sets they filmed it on, the actors were the most expensive thing in this movie.
And there's not much action in this movie so if you are a action fanatic or a special effects freek, then this movie has nothing to offer you in these departments.
To sum it up I think that if you can look past some of the problems, you'll enjoy seeing it.
At least once.